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Stolen bouncy castle last seen headed north on Vancouver Island highway

Business owner calls for return of bouncy castle that she dropped off at Langford house
A stolen bouncy castle was last seen strapped to a Toyota 4Runner travelling North on the Trans Canada Highway on Tuesday, April 10. (Courtesy Brooke Ervin)

The owner of a Greater Victoria business that offers rental inflatable party equipment is calling for the return of a stolen bouncy castle that was last seen travelling up-island.

On Saturday, April 6, Brooke Ervin, owner of Just Bounce Inflatables, dropped off and set up a custom-made bouncy castle at a Langford house she thought belonged to clients – a typical day for her.

“That evening, I never received payments, so I tried to message again, with no communication. We left it overnight, it was raining really hard, so I tried to ask them if we can come when the rain stops,” she said. “I started to get a little panicky so I called somebody that helps me out because he lives close in Langford, and I sent him the address and told him to go and he arrives and he calls me and he’s like, ‘There’s no bouncy castle here, this home is vacant.’”

Her friend asked neighbours if they heard or saw anything, but neighbours said the house had been vacant for a long time, and she had realized the castle was stolen.

“To have something that helps me be able to support the community and my family taken from me, it really hurt. I don’t have an angry bone in my body but I was very disappointed and upset and in disbelief,” Ervin said.

“I kept just hoping that I would receive a text that’s like, ‘Sorry, we were sleeping’ or ‘We moved into someone else’s home because of the weather and here it is,’ but those calls and texts never came.”

Brook Ervin’s late daughter, Hannah, playing on a bouncy castle that was recently stolen from Ervin, who rents out inflatable party equipment. (Courtesy Brooke Ervin)

Ervin started renting out inflatables in 2012 so she could take her family on a trip to Disneyland after her late daughter, Hannah, was diagnosed with cancer. That summer she rented a Little Tykes bouncy castle to friends and family, and the next year, people wanted to rent from her again.

“During my daughter’s battle with cancer it was the best job I could have ever asked for because I could be right by her side and be working from my phone controlling life, back home, from hospitals,” she said.

There is an open police file with the West Shore RCMP and on April 9, a white Toyota 4Runner was seen travelling northbound on the Trans Canada Highway with the bouncy castle strapped to the roof.

She does have a cash reward of $1,000 for the return of the castle, however she would prefer to see the castle returned to her.

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Bailey Seymour

About the Author: Bailey Seymour

After graduating from SAIT and stint with the Calgary Herald, I ended up at the Nanaimo News Bulletin/Ladysmith Chronicle in March 2023
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